Georgetown M.A. Program in Conflict Resolution Accepting Applications for the 2010-2011 Academic Year

Georgetown University's two-year M.A. program in Conflict Resolution is a multidisciplinary course of study that combines world class research and practice. Core courses are offered in the Government Department, Psychology Department, and the McDonough School of Business. Electives may be taken across graduate programs on campus, including Georgetown's international relations programs, which are ranked #1 in America by Foreign Policy magazine.

From Darfur to Iraq to Washington D.C. , disputes over politics, culture, resources, and religion have given rise to the need for new and creative approaches to resolving conflict. While deeply-rooted conflicts are often not fully resolved, they may be transformed from heated or violent disputes into more manageable, peaceful forms.

The two-year M.A. program is an intensive, theoretically- and practically-oriented, multidisciplinary degree. It is housed in the Government Department, with core courses offered also in the Department of Psychology and the McDonough School of Business. Elective courses may be selected from departments across campus, including courses in dispute resolution offered at the Georgetown University Law Center. The program seeks to build on and reinforce Georgetown University 's traditional commitments to peace, outreach, and ethics.


Students examine intergroup, community and global perspectives of conflict resolution while exploring topics such as the role of religion in conflict and conciliation, transitional justice mechanisms, multiparty negotiations, post-conflict development, workplace conflict resolution, third party intervention in civil conflicts, and emerging norms in the resolution of international conflict.

All students will complete the following four core courses in Conflict Resolution

GOVT 580 Conflict Resolution Theory
GOVT 581 Conflict Resolution Skills
PSYC 372 Multiculturalism, Democracy and Intergroup Relations
MGMT 670 Negotiations

In addition, students must complete one course that examines conflict in a particular region, five general electives, and four directed electives, which directly address the origins, analysis, mediation, negotiation and resolution of conflict, as well as post-conflict peacekeeping and development. For a list of suggested directed and general electives please visit the Conflict Resolution program website.


Students graduating from the program have established successful careers in government, non-governmental organizations, and private sector businesses. Students are also well-prepared to pursue doctoral studies.

While enrolled, most students take advantage of the numerous work-related opportunities in Washington, DC to gain practical experience in the field and earn academic credit through an internship. Others apply to work directly with Georgetown University faculty as one of 18-20 Conflict Resolution Research Assistants. Students have worked or interned at the following organizations, among others:

United States Department of State
US Agency for International Development
Search for Common Ground
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
United Nations
Mercy Corps
Hunt Alternatives Fund
Pan African Capital Group, LLC
Partners for Democratic Change
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Global Witness
ARD, Inc.
DAI, Inc.
United States Institute of Peace
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Justice Project
National Democratic Institute
Brookings Institution
Washington Hospital Center


The Conflict Resolution program draws on a rich body of course offerings and leading faculty from multiple disciplines. The program's advisory committee is comprised of Georgetown faculty from the fields of Political Science, Law, Sociology, Psychology, and Business, among others.

Core Faculty and Advisory Committee

Fathali Moghaddam, Ph.D., Department of Psychology
Director, Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution

Craig Zelizer, Ph.D., Department of Government
Associate Director, Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution

Michael Bailey, Ph.D. Department of Government
Tom Banchoff, Ph.D. Department of Government; Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs
Claudia Fetter Booz Allen Hamiltion
Lise Howard, Ph.D. Department of Government
Carol Lancaster, Ph.D. School of Foreign Service, Mortara Center for International Studies
Kathleen Maas Weigert, Ph.D. Department of Sociology
Carrie Menkel-Meadow, J.D., LL.D. Georgetown University Law Center
Jessica Raper, J.D., M.A. Office of the University President
Scott Taylor, Ph.D. School of Foreign Service, African Studies Department
Alan Tidwell, Ph.D. School of Foreign Service, Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Catherine Tinsley, Ph.D. McDonough School of Business
Elizabeth Waetzig, J.D. Georgetown University Medical Center
Clyde Wilcox, Ph.D. Department of Government

For a list of current adjunct and visiting faculty please visit our website.


Applicants for the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution hold Bachelors degrees in a variety of fields, including Government, International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Economics, Communications, Theology, Philosophy, and History. They have a broad range of professional, volunteer, and overseas experience.

To be considered for admission all candidates must submit

official GRE scores (institution code: 5244)
official TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers)
official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended
statement of purpose
academic writing sample (10-15 pages)
resume or CV
three letters of recommendation
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Application forms
admission fee

Admissions are conducted once per year, for fall enrollment. Part-time studies are permitted; interested applicants should contact the department for information on the part-time option. All applicants are considered for one of several merit-based, partial-tuition Conflict Resolution Scholar awards.

For any additional information or to schedule a visit to campus please write to Amanda Potts Ruthven, Program Coordinator, at kar229(at)

We are currently accept applications for the 2010-2011 academic year! Applications are due January 15, 2010. Visit us on the web at or email us at conflictresolution(at)

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Comment by Kevin A. on December 12, 2009 at 2:05am
I already have an MS.

Does Georgetown offer a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution?
Comment by Craig Zelizer on December 3, 2009 at 2:29am
Admissions is extremely competitive. We do not have
fixed minimum gpa as we look at an applicant's complete profile, gpa, experience, statement of purpose, etc. Applicants should be very competitive in each area.
Comment by Behdad Bordbar on December 3, 2009 at 2:07am
What is the minimum GPA required for this program? Do you consider my proffessional and careers as well??
Comment by Craig Zelizer on December 1, 2009 at 11:43pm
We only accept the TOEFL test.
Comment by Bishnu Hari Bhandari on November 25, 2009 at 10:56am
Do you accept IELTS Score Please?
How much minimum score of IELTS should be there?
Bishnu Hari

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